Chaddesden Wood LNR, Derby

At the weekend I took a trip down to Derby, where I like to wander through the Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve.

While the area has plenty of great birdlife, including a range of warblers (I saw/heard Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat, all of which were nesting there), Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Nuthatch, and Tawny Owl, today I want to focus on life around the ponds.

Common Frog

Common Frog (by LA Gaunt)

This year is the first year I’ve spotted newts in the ponds here, though sadly I couldn’t predict where they’d pop to the surface meaning I got no pictures of them. Fortunately this handsome common frog was far more obliging. As was this smaller, redder specimen:


Common Frog (by LA Gaunt)

It wasn’t just amphibians, there were plenty of insects such as Pondskaters and Waterboatmen. There was also this impressive 3cm long Water Scorpion:

Water Scorpion (by LA Gaunt)

There were a few damselflies darting around too, including several Azure Damselflies:

Azure Damselfly (by LA Gaunt)

Azure Damselfly
(by LA Gaunt)

And this glorious Large Red Damselfly, posing photogenically on a Flag Iris:

Large Red Damselfly (actually by me this time!)

Large Red Damselfly
(actually by me this time!)

Plenty of butterflies including Red Admiral and Speckled Wood:


Speckled Wood (by LA Gaunt)


Red Admiral (by LA Gaunt)

And, just because I got a good photo in a nearby garden, a young Nuthatch:


Special thanks to Lisa Gaunt for agreeing to share her photos.

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One Response to Chaddesden Wood LNR, Derby

  1. Pingback: 30 Days Wild – Day 21 – Derby, and another mystery bird | Why watch wildlife?

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